As part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am happy to tell you about Show Time, the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Suzanne Trauth.
The tide has turned for Dodie O’Dell since a hurricane upended her life on the Jersey Shore. Now she’s further up the coast in sleepy Etonville, managing a restaurant that dishes dinner themed around the community theater’s latest productions. But Dodie just never imagined she’d land the starring role in a case of bloody homicide . . .
Intrigued by rumors of vanishing box office money, Dodie has agreed to help oversee the casting of Romeo and Juliet at the modest Etonville Little Theater. If nothing else, it’s a welcome escape from the thirty-something’s usual going-to-bed-with-a-mystery-novel routine. But when Jerome Angleton, a well-respected member of the theater company, is inexplicably found murdered on the loading dock, deadly drama transcends the stage—and the page. As a crime wave crashes over the small town, the spotlight is on Dodie to orchestrate her own investigation behind the scenes . . . before someone has a chance at a killer encore.
Like most cozies, this one takes place in a small town, where everybody knows everybody’s business. The main character, Dodie, divides her time between managing her uncle’s restaurant and helping out at the community theater next door. Although I could identify with Dodie’s wanting to be helpful, the unnecessary risks she took and the way she inserted herself into the police investigation weren’t all that realistic. It started off a bit slow, but picked up as the story developed. The plot itself was interesting and took a few turns before the killer was revealed. A fairly pleasant read.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review.
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About the Author
Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and a former university theatre professor. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Dramatists Guild. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Readers can visit her website at http://www.suzannetrauth.com.